Accessibility Tools

0-2 weeks postop

  • Splint and post operative dressing remains in place for the 10-14 days.
  • Can use fingers and hand
  • Keep splint clean and dry

2-6 weeks postop

  • Dressing removed, OK to shower (no baths, pools, or Jacuzzi/hot tub)
  • Elbow placed in hinged brace
  • Brace to be removed only for exercises, dressing, showering
  • Initiate elbow exercise program 5 times per day:
    • PROM into flexion, extension, supination and pronation
    • No strengthening exercises

For all exercises: Using the power in your opposite arm, bring the stiff arm up as far as it is comfortable. Start holding it for 5 seconds and then work up to where you can hold it for a count of 10. Breathe slowly and deeply while the arm is moved. Repeat this stretch ten times, trying to help the arm up a little higher each time.

1. Passive Elbow Flexion

Passive Elbow Flexion

2. Passive Elbow Extension

Passive Elbow Extension

3. Passive Forearm Pronation and Supination

Passive Forearm Pronation and Supination

6-12 weeks postop

  • Start formal PT, focusing on strengthening
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • New England Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Boston Sports & Shoulder Center
  • Tufts University